La Riposte

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Another #ROW80 Check-in from the Desert!

One of the several types of
aircraft we support here...
So, my Wednesday check-ins are proving challenging, which is perhaps a good reason to make more of an effort at doing them… 

My “battle-rhythm” here has my workload heavily weighted to Monday-Friday (even though we work 7 days a week, at least 12 hours a day…) But the two classes I teach, the squadron newsletter which I edit, and most of my other recurring tasks occur earlier in the week, so this week when Wednesday came around, I found I had very little to report…

By the end of the week, though, I’d paid the flood insurance on one of my houses, and goten a little information on another investment property that I’m interested in… I also had run 13 miles, including a 5K race which I finished in exactly 24 minutes (thus setting a baseline for future improvement!) I accomplished 5 solid workouts, and have been eating very healthy and drinking 3 liters of water a day…

Will work on getting better at spreading my various tasks throughout the week… C’est la vie!

I fell a bit short on a few of my target goals – didn’t get a chapter of the Learning Indonesian book written, but did get some other non-goal writing done… Also didn’t make any forward progress on the Parasol Books imprint, or do much in the way of networking, but overall, another generally successful week in most goal-specific areas:

- Posted a new chapter of The Perfidious Mister Wickham - in which Wickham absconds to London with Lydia in tow!
- Completed most of a professional book review for the Air Force Research Institute… Will send it off next week…

- Put out the 11th issue of our Squadron newsletter – 6 pages of print & pictures!

- Added 5 lbs to my Bench Press…
- Bodyfat down by 1 percent – now at 15 percent… The goal is 9 percent!

- Completed my requisite 5 hours of language study, et ecrire un petit letre pour ma niece en Francais!

- Still looking for 2 people to join my “Core Group” this week – anyone who does will get free books and advance copies of new material in exchange for reviews and critique… Are you interested? If so, leave a note here, or drop me a line directly to

So, that’s it for my goals!

Another quiet week in Afghanistan – no rockets, no bombs, just a big windstorm and some heavy rain… So, no complaints!

I hope everyone has had a great week of writing, and I will try to do better about getting out and about and commenting on other people’s blogs…

Best regards!



  1. Just downloaded A Matter of Honor: A Mister Wickham Adventure :D - I'm gonna go read.

  2. Sometimes the writing has to be put on hold. I hope you have a good week. :)

  3. Sandy - thanks so much! I hope you enjoy the short story and that you'll be sufficiently intrigued to follow the online serial novel!

    Laura - you're right! But sometimes the writing CAN'T be put on hold and just bubbles right up no matter what... That's what's happened to me today - look for some exciting new announcements on a new book project very soon!

  4. While the writing that is supposed to be (the main) part of the ROW80 didn't get its highlight this week, it looks like your mind and body were busy developing in other directions. That will eventually lead to a lot more writing. Kudos to you!